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McKeen’s Final Top 30 2015 NHL Draft Rankings

The top five remained the same from our March Rankings, with the two franchise players, Eichel and McDavid ranked #1 and 2 followed by Noah Hanifin, Mitchell Marner and Ivan Provorov – two defensive anchors who can skate and score along with the gifted Marner. A small amount of shuffling amongst the remaining top ten with Pavel Zacha and Lawson Crouse effectively switching places. One of the biggest movers from number 29 to number 17 was big Russian goalie Ilya Samsonov after turning in a strong performance at the U18 World Junior Championship and being named best goaltender in the tournament. Another Russian, sniper Denis Guryanov also put together a strong tournament, flashing moments of elite execution, and firing six goals in five games (5-6-1-7). Noah Juulsen quietly rose 21 spots from #41 to #20 after solid two-way play all season, displaying a good hockey IQ and finishing second amongst WHL draft-eligible defenceman behind Provorov in scoring (68-9-43-52). Two defencemen previously in the top 30 that tumbled down the rankings from March were Brandon Carlo and Oliver Kylington. Carlo, the 6'5" 200 pound defenceman needs to utilize his frame better and more aggressively and Kylington skates well but his judgement and game sense come into question with too many mental lapses and turnovers. 

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1 Connor McDavid C Erie (OHL) 6-1/195 13-Jan-97
2 Jack Eichel C Boston University (HE) 6-2/195 28-Oct-96
3 Noah Hanifin D Boston College (HE) 6-3/205 25-Jan-97
4 Mitchell Marner C London (OHL) 5-11/160 5-May-97
5 Ivan Provorov D Brandon (WHL) 6-0/195 13-Jan-97
6 Pavel Zacha C Sarnia (OHL) 6-3/210 6-Apr-97
7 Dylan Strome C Erie (OHL) 6-3/190 7-May-97
8 Mikko Rantanen RW TPS Turku (Fin) 6-3/210 29-Oct-96
9 Zach Werenski D Michigan (B1G) 6-2/205 19-Jul-97
10 Lawson Crouse LW Kingston (OHL) 6-4/210 23-Jun-97
11 Mathew Barzal C Seattle (WHL) 5-11/175 26-May-97
12 Kyle Connor C Youngstown (USHL) 6-1/185 9-Dec-96
13 Timo Meier RW Halifax (QMJHL) 6-1/210 8-Oct-96
14 Travis Konecny C Ottawa (OHL) 5-10/175 11-Mar-97
15 Nick Merkley RW Kelowna (WHL) 5-11/190 23-May-97
16 Joel Eriksson Ek C Farjestads (Swe) 6-2/180 29-Jan-97
17 Ilya Samsonov G Magnitogorsk (Rus) 6-3/200 22-Feb-97
18 Jakub Zboril D Saint John (QMJHL) 6-1/185 21-Feb-97
19 Colin White C NTDP (USA) 6-0/185 30-Jan-97
20 Noah Juulsen D Everett (WHL) 6-1/175 2-Apr-97
21 Thomas Chabot D Saint John (QMJHL) 6-1/180 30-Jan-97
22 Denis Guryanov RW Lada Togliatti (Rus) 6-2/185 7-Jun-97
23 Evgeni Svechnikov LW Cape Breton (QMJHL) 6-2/200 31-Oct-96
24 Jeremy Roy D Sherbrooke (QMJHL) 6-0/190 14-May-97
25 Jake DeBrusk LW Swift Current (WHL) 5-11/170 17-Oct-96
26 Jack Roslovic C NTDP (USA) 6-0/185 29-Jan-97
27 Brock Boeser RW Waterloo (USHL) 6-0/195 25-Feb-97
28 Jonas Siegenthaler D ZSC Zurich (Sui) 6-2/220 6-May-97
29 Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson C Omaha (USHL) 6-1/195 31-Oct-96
30 Travis Dermott D Erie (OHL) 5-11/195 22-Dec-96